When I talk to audiences about the size and age of the cosmos, people often say, “It makes me feel so insignificant." I answer, “The bigger and more impersonal the universe is, the more meaningful you are, because this vast, impersonal place needs something to fill it up.” We’ve abandoned the old belief that humanity is at the physical center of the universe but must come back to believing we are at the center of meaning.
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|Birth:||23rd March, 1948|
Alan Michael Dressler is an American astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science of Washington, D.C. Among his works is the popularization Voyage To The Great Attractor: Exploring Intergalactic Space. Dressler was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, graduated from Walnut Hills High School in 1966, and received his bachelor's degree in physics in 1970 from the University of California, Berkeley and his doctorate in astronomy in 1976 from the University of California, Santa Cruz. From 1993 to 1995 Dressler chaired the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy committee "HST & Beyond: Exploration and the Search for Origins" that provided NASA with the document "A Vision for Ultraviolet-Optical-Infrared Space Astronomy". He is also a member of the Terrestrial Planet Finder Coronograph Science and technology definition team. In 1983 Dressler received the Newton Lacy Pierce Prize in Astronomy from the American Astronomical Society. He was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences in the field of astronomy in 1996. In 1999 he received the Public Service Medal from NASA.
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